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You can now download "7 SOLID ROADS TO WRITING SUCCESS" for only 99 cents at Amazon Kindle. Periodically, Amazon holds FREE days in which this e-book, "7 Solid Roads To Writing Success", can be obtained ENTIRELY FREE OF CHARGE. An upcoming free day is December 7!

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Humorous poetry is much in demand by both contests and readers. Here are some new anthologies of Humorous Poetry by John Howard Reid, which are now available at Amazon Kindle stores worldwide. They may give you some good ideas: "POETRY FOR LAZY SUMMER AFTERNOONS" will be free on December 29, 30 and 31, plus January 1 and 2. "All Adrift in Charismatic Ports of Call" will be available on DATES TO BE ADVISED! "A DREAM OF HEAVEN and Other Poems" will be free on February 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.

"ALWAYS KEEP SMILING: HUMOROUS POETRY" will be free on JANUARY 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16. "AS SOON AS I CAN FIND MY GLASSES" will be FREE on January 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17; "A DREAM OF HEAVEN AND OTHER POEMS" will be free on February 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7; "AHOY, HOLLYWOOD: Let's Go to the Movies" will be free on December 26; "ALWAYS A PLEASURE" will also be free on dates to be advised!

ACTORS TAKE ALL! HUMOROUS POEMS will be free on December 23, 24, 25, 26 and 27; A NEW GIRL IN TOWN will be free on DECEMBER 23, 24, 25, 26 and 27. UP IN THE CLOUDS AND OTHER FLIGHTS OF FANCY 77 Humorous Poems will be free on December 23, 24, 25, 26 and 27.

JHR's acclaimed Michaela Morris novel, AWESOME ADVENTURES IN THE MOVIE BUSINESS, will be FREE on dates to be advised.

Another book that will help you succeed in literary contests and writing competitions is JHR's famous handbook "WRITE WAYS TO WIN WRITING CONTESTS: How to Join the Winners' Circle for Short Story Awards, Poetry Prizes, etc." Amazon have now published a Kindle edition for only $2.99! Barnes and Noble, Sony, Apple and other e-book stores are selling a slightly more updated edition for $3.99.

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